Bidder 70

May 19
Sunday 2pm $10 all tickets… 
(US 2012 dir by Beth & George Gage)
unrated / 73 mins
Special Screening with Tim DeChristopher who is BIDDER #70, and directors Beth and George Gage. A powerful film about Tim DeChristopher, a Utah college student who derailed a Bush Administration oil and gas land sale, bidding millions to save thousands of pristine acres surrounding U.S. National Parks—with no intention of paying or drilling.  
Sponsored by Frack Free Catskills, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Woodstock Film Festival, & UpstateFilms. Reception at New World Home Cooking to follow…
On December 19, 2008 DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants winning 22,000 acres of land for $1.7 million before the auction was halted. Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction, and soon DeChristopher was indicted on two federal felonies and spent 2 years in prison. DeChristopher became a charismatic and ingenious climate justice  leader, founding Peaceful Uprising, a grass-roots group dedicated to defending a livable future through empowering non-violent action.
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